Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education
Online bachelor’s-level program graduates may seek entry-level employment or further their education and enroll in a graduate-level program. Bachelor’s-level graduates may find employment opportunities at daycares, after-school programs, preschools, and elementary schools.
- Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
- Program Length: Four years to complete
- Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Master’s / Doctoral Program
- Projected Employment Growth: 25% (2010-2020)*
The curriculum for baccalaureate-level programs in early childhood education may combine general education requirements along with major-specific courses and electives. Students enrolled in these four-year programs may study child brain development, gain leadership skills geared toward early childhood education programs, and promote children’s healthy development. Core early childhood education courses may include the following:
- Child Development
- Nutrition and Health in Children
- Motor Activities
- Children’s Literature
- Language Development
- Early Childhood Curriculum
- Children with Special Needs
Graduates of online bachelor’s degree programs in early childhood education may find careers in preschools, after-school programs, daycares, special education classes, elementary schools, and tutoring classes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those in early childhood education may increase by 25% from 2010-2020.*
Possible careers include:
- Preschool Teacher
- Childcare Worker
- Teacher Assistant
- Preschool Director
Graduates may continue their studies and enroll in a graduate-level program in early childhood education or related field. These upper-level programs may provide students additional training and skills on teaching in a classroom, and students may study child psychology, classroom management, and family engagement. Employers may prefer to hire individuals who have some post secondary education in early childhood education, and those who wish to work in the public school sector may need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree at minimum. Select states and employers may require preschool teachers to have licensure and certification, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA), from the Council for Professional Recognition or the Child Care Professional (CCP) certification from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
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- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education*
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